How to wash face masks after use to protect against coronavirus infections

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The ministry of health on Sunday recommended wearing of masks in all public places, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said face masks have proved useful in areas where social distancing is compromised, containing the spread of the virus from one person to another.

However, the worrying trend among Kenyans is how many masks will they have to acquire –with directives to wear a single mask for a period of about 8 hours per day and the varied cost in the market.

Well, there is no reason to worry more as medical experts have provided guidelines on how to wash face masks after use, to avoid the spread of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) has recommended that masks “should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use,” writes Fox News.

The guidance further recommends that a washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

According to Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in Bethesda US, it is okay to put a face mask in the weekly wash.

The California Department of Public Health recommends frequently washing masks —after each use or daily.

Masks should be washed with detergent and hot water; dry on a hot cycle or hot, soapy water.

Coronavirus is transmitted from person to person on droplets from a sneeze or cough. These droplets land on hands and other surfaces, where they are touched by others, who then touch their own eyes, noses or mouths.

Masks block large droplets from a sneeze or cough, thus containg the spread of the viral flu.

Source: FoxNews

 

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